Plowing at 86

Alvin Grier has been farming all his life. He grew up on a farm with 12 siblings. When his father died in 1947, Alvin took over running the family farm. Today, Alvin farms 4 acres in Atlo, GA, the way he has always farmed, with a plow and mule. Alvin grows corn for feed and relies on mother nature to water his crops. Alvin, plows 3 days a week for 8 hours a day and when it is time to harvest, he picks the corn by hand. One might think that at the age of 86, Alvin would rest the days he is not plowing, but this is not so. At his house he tends several small gardens and a field in which he grows a variety of vegetables.

I took this photo of Alvin and his mule, Jim, in mid-afternoon and soon after followed them back to their house. After getting a tour of the farm I reluctantly excused myself, thinking that he was exhausted and needed to rest. To my great surprise, Alvin told me that he was going to run over to his brother’s farm down the road, Grier Peach Orchard, to assist with plowing. And I thought that shopping for groceries and cooking dinner was tiring!

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8 comments
  1. Well done monochrome!!! Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga

  2. Marguerite Foxon said:

    This is a wonderful photo – you’ve captured the real essence of the farmer in the one shot.

  3. Wonderful, Beate! I don’t know how you find the people you find, but I’m glad you do!

  4. Sarah said:

    This is a really wonderful portrait, and so is the story behind the farmer. Looks like a man totally in his element. And I thought we were kind of old-fashioned/old-school at the farm I work at! It blows my mind a little (but in a good way) to think of people still being that intimately involved with the farming of their land.

    • Thanks Sarah for your insight. It was such a priviledge to meet Alvin and to witness the passion he has for his craft and the land he farms.

  5. Merle Reece said:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful picture of my Daddy. He truly amazes me. Your work is beautiful.

  6. Amy Autry said:

    That is MY Papa!! What a beautiful picture-thank you for taking the time to capture the beauty in what he does. We are so blessed to be able to enjoy the rewards of his hard work. You are an amazing photographer!

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